Barry O'Donnell wins Oceania Stock Sport Distance Championships

Blacktown Workers Stock Sport Group president Barry O’Donnell has once again taken out the Oceania distance title at Doonside’s Kareela Reserve.

Stock sport, which can be done in winter on ice and in summer on asphalt, has similarities to lawn bowls and curling.

Except for his first throw, his remaining four throws all passed 50m, with his winning distance at 57.30m, just under 20m further than the second placed Manfred Stoeghofer.

“I feels really good,” O’Donnell said of the win.

“It’s lots of hard work, lots of training and I had the advantage of the home ground.

“I think I can go a bit better than what I did today but it’s still good to get the win.”

O’Donnell will represent Australia at the World Championships in Amstetten in Austria early next year and hopes to make the distance final for a second time. 

He will also likely compete in the team and team target events.

At the world championships, the competition is on ice rather than asphalt, which O’Donnell said has its own challenges.

“On ice, you have to get it down really flat,” he said.

“The fact that I was putting them down really flat today is a good sign because if it goes far and wobbles, that’s no good for ice. It doesn’t go as far.”

In the junior event, Melbourne’s Perry Stoeghofer threw a 43.77 to take out the result ahead of his brothers Jesse and Richard.

The weekend also saw a team competition with the Australian Junior Team taking out the title ahead of mixed teams.

The team is made up of the Stoeghofer’s, including fourth brother Mark, and Blacktown Workers’ Christian Boris.